Liverpool only have themselves to blame after Everton let Reds down

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reviews the Forest game

Liverpool could miss out on Champion League football next season and sit seven points behind fourth placed Manchester United – with the Red Devils having a game in hand. Jurgen Klopp’s side have won their last three league games, but only have themselves to blame for their league position after a poor season by their own high standards.

Everton had the chance to give Klopp’s side a boost on Wednesday night when they hosted third placed Newcastle United. However, Eddie Howe’s won their seventh from eight Premier League games in style running out 4-1 winners thanks to a brace of goals from Callum Wilson, while Joelinton and Jacob Murphy also found the net.

Murphy’s final goal followed a stunning assist from Alexander Isak which resulted in the forward being compared to Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. Newcastle’s win puts them nine points above Liverpool with both sides having six matches to play.

If United win their game in hand they would be 10 points above Klopp’s side, who only have themselves to blame for their predicament. Since the new year Liverpool have suffered league defeats at Brentford, Brighton, Wolves and Bournemouth resulting in them having to rely on other sides to have any chance of Champions League football next season.

United will fancy their chances of finishing above Liverpool as their run-in includes only one side inside the top-six positions. United host sixth placed Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, before heading to Brighton and then possibly their toughest test at relegation battling West Ham.

Wolves could be safe by the time they visit Old Trafford before a trip to Bournemouth is followed by home games against Chelsea and Fulham. Meanwhile, Newcastle approach the final run of games in formidable form after a 6-1 win against Tottenham and 4-1 victory at Everton on Wednesday night.

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Howe’s side have what could be a more difficult run of fixtures with games against relegation-battling Southampton, Leeds and Leicester. Newcastle also host title hopefuls Arsenal and have further games against Brighton and Chelsea.

Klopp’s side have hit form at the right time and will have an outside chance of a top-four finish if they can beat Tottenham on Sunday afternoon. Three of their following four games are at Anfield against Fulham, Brentford and Aston Villa but they do face tough trips to relegation-fighting Leicester City and Southampton.

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